“Almost every time we get together with family or friends, the conversation ends up being about food.”   

-Steve Chen  

And, of course, the festive season is all about spending time with loved ones and making lasting memories. Food plays an essential role in bringing people together and keeping the conversation alive. 

 Well, with Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House you will undoubtedly have something to talk about, thanks to the many delicious dishes that have been expertly curated and developed by Executive Chef Stéfan Meintjes and co-author Dirk Nagtegaal.  

 We’ve selected four dishes from the cookbook that you can whip up in the comfort of your kitchen and impress your friends and family. From a rich and spicy chicken to a decadent and indulgent dessert, we’ve covered all courses.    


A Festive Feast from Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House  


1.Quick and Easy Raisin Bread Recipe  

Now, what would a festive foodie table be without some variation of bread? If you are looking for a treat that is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat, then look no further than this simple raisin bread recipe. This tasty loaf is excellent to have on your table (the little ones might like it, particularly) as an any-time-of-the-day snack.   It’s bound to get appetites going!  




2. Braaied Peri-Peri Spatchcock Chicken Recipe   

Now, to anchor your festive feast, we highly recommend that you add an extra twist to your next summer braai day with this delicious and spicy peri-peri spatchcock chicken. Impress your guests by ditching the usual chops and sausage and whip up this dish that will make everyone ask for seconds.   




3. Calamari Pasta Salad Recipe   

No summer lunch or braai is complete without a salad, right? But we don’t mean any old tomato, lettuce and cucumber combo. We’re talking about a salad that will make seafood lovers jump for joy. Take calamari to the next level with hints of sweet chilli and soy sauce. This pasta salad is mouth-wateringly delicious and perfect for a summer’s day!




4. Chocolate and Amarula Mousse Recipe  

Last but certainly not least- what would a festive gathering be without a sweet treat to top everything off? Decadent, creamy and utterly irresistible, this chocolate and Amarula mousse recipe is a showstopper. It’s an ideal dessert to cap off dinner with friends. Did we mention it is easy to make? 




So what are you waiting for? Invite your friends over and let the festive feasting begin! 

If these recipes sound enticing, there are a whole bunch more in Damhuis: Recipes and Memories of a House.  The cookbook, which also includes expert storytelling from the late acclaimed author Reinet Nagtegaal, is on sale now and can be found at leading bookstores or purchased online in English or Afrikaans